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SHARS expanded telehealth services are available until  November 30, 2020.   SHARS and special education guidance remain in effect and are eligible for the following service areas: Audiology services Counseling/ Psychological services * Occupational Therapy* Physician services Physical Therapy Speech Therapy* *these services are always billable Telehealth services must meet specific criteria: … Read More

Personal Care Services – Policy Changes

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Personal Care Services – Policy Changes – Effective October 2020 Release by Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) PCS are support services provided to clients who meet the definition of medical necessity and require assistance with the performance of ADLs, instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs), and health maintenance activities … Read More

FAQ: SHARS Parental Consent – Digital Signatures

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Can a digital signature be used for the one-time SHARS parental consent and/or service logs? If certain conditions are met, an electronic signature is acceptable: Prior to accepting an electronic signature, a state agency shall ensure that the level of security used to identify the signer of a message and … Read More

Specialized Transportation Eligible for SHARS Billing

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ONWARD is always focused on accurate and compliant documentation for SHARS Medicaid reimbursement.  Released by TEA, the information below supports ONWARD’s guidance on SHARS regulations for Specialized Transportation services. Students receive special transportation based on criteria set forth in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).  Eligibility for SHARS billing … Read More


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When schools closed in Spring 2020, telehealth was allowed for some SHARS services. On July 30, 2020, HHSC announced that telehealth flexibilities had been extended through October 23, 2020 unless the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services ends the public health emergency earlier. If the public health emergency ends earlier, HHSC … Read More

Oct-Dec 2020 RMTS PL Certification Deadline Extension

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Participant List Closing Date Has Extended   The Random Moment Time Study (RMTS) Participant List (PL) for the first quarter of federal fiscal year 2021 (October 2020 – December 2020) has extended its deadline date. As a result of COVID-19, Time Study is extending the Participant List close date by three … Read More

TEA 2019-2020 SHARS Audit Findings Report

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TEA 2019-2020 SHARS Audit Findings Report Onward is committed to ensuring Texas school districts understand and follow SHARS regulations in order to maintain a fully compliant Medicaid program.  Audit findings issued by TEA will help better understand necessary documentation updates and changes as it pertains to Medicaid reimbursement. We love … Read More

First Quarter RMTS Closing Date: September 15, 2020

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Don’t Wait! All updates to the 1st Quarter RMTS PL are due Sept 15, 2020 Regarding your districts SHARS and/or MAC RMTS PL for the 1st quarter 2021 FFY (October 2020 to September 2021) the participant list closing date is September  15, 2020. The RMTS Contact must update/certify the participant … Read More

Certification of Funds Letters – SHARS Finance

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TMHP will continue to email COF letters Texas Medicaid and Healthcare Partnership (TMHP) has released a Provider Notification regarding an extension for the SHARS COF letter notary requirement. SHARS COF letters will continue to be emailed to Texas school districts per the extension, through October 23, 2020.   Please click the … Read More